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Psychology

News and Highlights From the Department of Psychology

January 10, 2018

Education Beyond the Classroom

Deciding to attend Loyola was originally a choice I made due to a desire for comfort and familiarity. I found the small class sizes appealing, the liberal arts approach beneficial (as I was undecided about my interests), and the students seemed approachable just like the ones I left behind at home. While a number of these facets did in fact provide comfort, Loyola, particularly the psychology department, prepared me for and pushed me to grow in ways that I never could have imagined. As an undergraduate student, I assumed that I would maintain a similarly involved schedule as I did in high school. In retrospect, I was just as busy, but the activities I was involved in were fundamentally different.

December 21, 2017

Helping Children Walk Through Worry With a Story

When I decided to pursue psychology, I always knew I wanted to work with children. They provide a unique sense of natural resilience, curiosity, and open mindedness that often disappears at the dawn of adulthood. I can remember even in the earliest days of my practicum placements, trying to think outside the box in an effort to reach children and provide tools for coping, adjustment, and behavioral change. My goal had always been simple- provide empirically validated skills, but deliver it in a language that speaks to a child.

December 1, 2017

Which is Right for You? M.S. vs Psy.D. vs Ph.D.

If you’d like to dive deeper into the discipline of psychology, you can choose several different ways to take your education and career prospects to the next level. Choosing the right graduate school—and the right type of program—is essential for setting you on the path toward your career goals. Here’s a rundown of three different types of grad programs, what the differences are, what types of careers you can expect with each, and programs offered at Loyola University Maryland. If you have questions like “What is a Psy.D. degree, anyways?” then keep on reading!

September 12, 2017

Can I get my Psy.D. Without a Master's in Psychology?

If you aim to become a practicing psychologist, you probably know that you’ll need to complete a doctoral degree and pass your licensure exams to get started. And if you’re anxious to get started ASAP, you may be wondering: Do I need a master's in psychology before I enter my doctoral program? Can’t I just skip that and go straight to the good stuff? By your calculations, you’re thinking that a master’s in psychology could take 2-3 years, and then a Psy.D. Program could take another 4-6 so you’re looking at 6-9 years of schooling before you’re ready to start your career.